Riksgransen has made a name for itself with its midnight skiing in 24-hour daylight from late May each season. But it also plans to attract more major events to its unique location. Government officials from 30 nations met last season to discuss initiatives to combat global warming at the Arctic Circle ski resort.
The four-day summit was a follow up to the earlier G8 summit in Germany. Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren hailed the summit as a major summit making much more progress than he had expected. He said it gave participating nations, drawn from the leading contributors to climate change, a chance to discover each other's positions ahead of the next UN climate change conference due to be held in Indonesia in December. That conference will begin the process of setting targets for reducing omissions after the Kyoto agreement expires in 2012.
Participating nations included Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, and approximately 20 others.
Among the targets agreed were a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by half on present day levels by 2050 and the creation of a global environmental protection agency. Participants believe it will be possible to reduce emissions whilst maintaining economic growth.